New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium includes 16 repositories, and a learned society. Collections at the participating institutions are broadly representative of the New England region and span the period from pre-contact to the present day. They include personal papers, organizational records, and printed works (both primary and secondary) as well as paintings, engravings, furniture, maps, photographs, architectural drawings, and materials in many other areas of collecting. Many of the organizations own and exhibit important historic houses.
Library, Harvard Business School
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While the resources of Baker Library cover a wide range of dates, geographical locations, and subject areas, they are particularly strong in documenting the growth of American business and industry from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. Researchers will find extensive manuscript collections as well as significant holdings of trade catalogs, trade cards, industrial photographs, and corporate reports. These research materials are furthermore supported by comprehensive book collections, which are especially rich in trade publications, government documents, corporate histories and publications, and business directories. Baker Library also houses the Kress Collection of Business and Economics, an expansive collection of rare books published before 1850, as well as the official archives of the Harvard Business School.
Visit the Boston Athenæum's website.
Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum's rare book collection reflects the interests of the Library as it has narrowed its focus from being encyclopedic in the 19th century to its current focus on the humanities. While there are surprising examples of early works on many subjects in the Athenæum, researchers should expect to find depth in certain specific subject areas. Early American history is a particular strength with early American imprints, 18th and 19th century tracts, early American broadsides, publications in Native American languages, early Boston newspapers, and one of the largest collections in the Unites States of imprints of the Confederate States of America. The Prints and Photographs Department is primarily a historical documentation collection, whose holdings provide a unique visual record of New England cultural and political life. It is particularly strong in prints, photographs, and architectural drawings depicting the built environment and topography of Boston and New England in the nineteenth century. In addition, the department also has a fine collection of prints and photographs of the Civil War as well as political cartoons, portraits, and historical prints that chronicle American national history.
Boston Public Library Rare Books and Collections of Distinction
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The Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, a collection of 500,000 volumes and 1 million+ manuscripts, serves as the Boston Public Library's principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and historical artifacts of permanent or enduring value. Important holdings include Colonial and Revolutionary War Boston with special strengths in administrative, judicial, and church records; the Boston Theatre Collection beginning with the first independent theater in Boston – the Federal Street Theatre (1793-1852); the Anti-Slavery Collection and its major holdings of the papers of William Lloyd Garrison, the Weston Sisters, Amos Augustus Phelps, Joseph May, Jr. and Sr., and others; the Massachusetts 20th Regiment, an important Civil War Union regiment from Massachusetts; the John Adams Library, the personal library of the second President of the United States; The Thomas Prince Library, the colonial library of an early minister of Old South Church; and the Irish History Collection that reflects the special historical relationship between Boston and Ireland.
Colonial Society of Massachusetts
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Since its founding in 1892, the Society has dedicated itself to advancing the study of early America, especially the colonies of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay. Scholars in the colonial and Revolutionary periods have long considered the Society's published documentary collections essential to their research. The Society also conducts educational programs for its members and others, and through prizes as well as in conferences and other forums, it recognizes individual research. Out of this desire to promote first-rate scholarship in the early American period, the Society is pleased to underwrite a Colonial Society of Massachusetts Regional Fellowship.
Congregational Library and Archives
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The Congregational Library’s collection of some 225,000 books, pamphlets, periodicals, and archival sources documents the growth and development of this important American spiritual tradition, from Puritan times through the twentieth century. Its collection of first-generation American Puritan sources is unusually broad and unique, and is supplemented by a large and growing collection of seventeenth and eighteenth-century church records. The Congregational Library has a strong representation of New England town and county histories, reports from foreign missionaries, some 15,000 sermons, and a full archive of the denomination’s progressive social program in the twentieth century.
Connecticut Historical Society
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Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, research and education center. We strive to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history and facilitate a passion for learning about history through research assistance, exhibitions, tours and programs for all ages. CHS's library houses approximately 100,000 printed volumes, 3,000,000 manuscripts in 10,000 distinct collections, as well as important holdings of broadsides, maps, newspapers, and other materials that make it an essential resource for documenting the history and development of Connecticut and New England. In addition, the CHS museum collection includes nearly 35,000 artifacts and 250,000 graphics. Visit www.chs.org or call 860.236.5621.
A. Countway Library of Medicine
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Established in 1965 as a result of a merger between the Boston Medical Library (founded in 1875) and the Harvard Medical Library (founded in 1782), the Countway Library is a leading center for the study of the history of health care and medicine. The Countway's Rare Books & Special Collections department contains 250,000 volumes of books, approximately 20 million manuscripts (including the archives of the Harvard Medical School and the personal papers of many New England physicians), 30,000 photographs and prints, and small collections of art and artifacts. The Countway also houses the renowned Warren Museum, which contains 15,000 items.
Law School, Special Collections
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With nearly 2,000 linear feet of manuscripts, approximately 200,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 paintings, prints, photographs, and other visual materials, the Special Collections Department of the Harvard Law School houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of research materials for the study of the history of the law in general and of Anglo-American law in particular. Particularly noteworthy are its virtually complete collections of English and American statute books, case reporters, and legal treatises; more than 10,000 volumes, spanning the last five centuries, of the accounts of civil and criminal trials; extensive holdings of the papers of Joseph Story; Simon Greenleaf; Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; Louis Brandeis; Felix Frankfurter; Roscoe Pound and other jurists and legal educators; and important manuscript collections relating to such organizations and events as the New England Watch and Ward Society, the Sacco-Vanzetti trial, and the Alger Hiss case. The legal art collection, by far the best anywhere of its type, has portrait and photographich images of lawyers and judges as well as of famous trials, and legal controversies.
John Hay Library, Brown University
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Opened in 1911, the John Hay Library is the largest and most diverse special collections library in Rhode Island. Holding approximately 400,000 books and more than 10 million manuscripts, as well as hundreds of thousands of broadsides, maps, prints, photographs, and pieces of sheet music, the John Hay Library is especially strong in a number of areas, including American poetry and plays, military history, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, Rhode Island history, the history of science and medicine, the history of magic and the occult, the history of dance, gay and lesbian fiction, the literature of wit and humor, extremist and dissenting literature, alcohol and addiction studies, and the book arts. The Brown University Archives, housed in the library, contains the records of the institution from its founding in 1764.
Visit Historic Deerfield's website.
Internationally recognized collections of furniture, early American silver, English ceramics and Chinese export porcelain, textiles, needlework, and costume are complemented by important holdings of manuscripts, printed works, and microform. The Memorial Libraries, comprising the collections of Historic Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, feature extensive holdings of family papers from the Deerfield area, hundreds of diaries and account books, church records and manuscript sermons, as well as major collections of secondary sources in local history and the decorative arts.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
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Founded in 1942, Houghton Library is the principal rare book and manuscript repository of Harvard College Library and one of the preeminent academic research libraries in the Unites States. Holding approximately 500,000 books and more than 10 million manuscripts, Houghton is recognized as a leading center for the study of American, English, and Continental history and literature, with special emphasis in printing, graphic arts, theatre history, and New England history and culture.
Maine Historical Society
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The Society holds the most comprehensive collection of printed and manuscript materials documenting the history of Maine. In addition to 125,000 books, pamphlets, newspapers, and other printed items, the collection contains over 2 million manuscripts documenting the social, economic, political, and cultural history of Maine and New England from the 17th century to the present. Holdings also include 3,500 maps and atlases, 80,000 photographs, and 150,000 architectural and engineering drawings.
Massachusetts Historical Society
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Manuscripts form the heart of the collections at the Massachusetts Historical Society. The Society houses more than 10 million pieces in 3,500 separate collections of personal papers and institutional records. The Society's collections also include several hundred thousand books, more than 20,000 broadsides, 30,000 18th- and 19th-century pamphlets, 5,000 maps, 150,000 microforms, and 200,000 historic photographs. The Society offers about 20 four-week grants through a separate competition, and applicants who would like to use its holdings for more than two weeks are referred to its program of short-term fellowships.
Visit Mystic Seaport's website.
The Museum's collections record the American maritime experience. Mystic Seaport holds more than 2 million items, including vessels, photographs, film and video footage, manuscripts, imprints, art, tools, and artifacts dating from the 18th century to the present. At the G. W. Blunt White Library, researchers will find 1,000,000 manuscript pieces, 75,000 volumes of books and periodicals, 2,000 rolls of microfilm, 1,000 ships registers, 1,300 logbooks, 700 audiotape oral history interviews, 200 videotape interviews, and 9,000 maps and charts.
England Historic Genealogical Society
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Founded in 1845, the Society has been a pioneer in the study of the region's family history for more than a century and a half. Its vast collection of genealogies, local histories, and manuscripts200,000 volumes, 20,000 microfilms, and 3,500 linear feet of manuscriptsmake it an essential resource for scholars interested in the social and demographic history of New England.
Hampshire Historical Society
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The New Hampshire Historical Society houses the finest collections anywhere of printed, manuscript, and pictorial materials relating to New Hampshire history. Printed collectionsabout 40,000 volumesinclude thousands of genealogies, town histories, and biographies as well as more than 1,000 maps. Manuscript holdings comprise 1,700 linear feet of personal papers and institutional records. There are 800,000 pages of New Hampshire newspapers from 1756 to 1900 and 200,000 negatives and photographic images. The library also holds a unique card index that provides biographical information on about 30,000 "New Hampshire Notables." Museum collections include works of the "White Mountain School" of landscape artists, New Hampshire furniture, and materials associated with the lives and careers of many noteworthy New Hampshire residents.
Island Historical Society
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The library and museum collections of the Society are vital to the study of Rhode Island's history. The library's printed collection includes local, military, economic, social, political, and ecclesiastical histories; municipal and corporate publications; and large holdings of Rhode Island newspapers and early imprints. The library's genealogy section is among the largest in New England. Manuscript collections date from 1652 to the present. Researchers will find personal papers and organizational records. The graphics collection includes photographs, prints, broadsides, maps, watercolors, drawings, engravings, and ephemera. Important museum holdings include collections of Rhode Island furniture, works of local artists, and historical objects.
Visit the Schlesinger Library's website.
Established in 1943, the Library holds manuscripts, books, periodicals, photographs, ephemera, oral histories, and audiovisual materials that document the history of American women in the U.S. and abroad, primarily during the 19th and 20th centuries. Especially well-represented are women's rights, social reform, family history, health, sexuality, work, the professions, Radcliffe history, and food and culinary history. Over 2,200 manuscript collections include papers of notables such as Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Beecher Stowe, of lesser-known women, and of women's organizations such as the Boston YWCA and the National Organization for Women. The collection of books and periodicals covers all aspects of the 19th- and 20th-century social and intellectual history, and includes many volumes on cookery and household management. The library offers eight to ten other research grants, and is part of the Radcliffe Institute's community of resident fellows who pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and the creative arts.
Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College
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The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history. It consists of over 8000 linear feet of material in manuscript, print, and audiovisual formats that document the historical experience of women in the United States and abroad from the colonial era to the present. Subject strengths include birth control and reproductive rights, women's rights, suffrage, the contemporary women's movement, U.S. women working abroad, the arts (especially theatre), the professions (especially journalism and social work), and middle-class family life in nineteenth- and twentieth-century New England.
Visit the Vermont Historical Society's website.
The Society collects, preserves, and makes available a wide variety of materials documenting the history and people of Vermont. The Society's manuscript collection is particularly strong in family history, agriculture, railroads, religion, emigration, government and politics, and early crafts and trades. Books and pamphlets date from the 1770s to the present and address all aspects of Vermont history. Other important library collections include maps, broadsides, periodicals, photographs, and genealogy. The Society's museum holds more than 20,000 artifacts of Vermont history, including paintings, furniture, and decorative-arts objects.
Visit the Watkinson Library's website.
The Watkinson Library serves as the rare book and special collections department of Trinity College Library and the repository of the archives of the College, which was founded in 1823. Our strengths include the history and literature of 19th-century England and America (especially New England and Connecticut), early American education, American religious history, Victorian-era architecture, natural history (especially ornithology), and the history of books and printing (from medieval manuscripts to modern fine press and artists' books). We hold over 175,000 printed volumes ranging in date from the 15th century to the present, 4,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material, 25,000 pieces of sheet music (1720–1950), over 5,000 sound recordings (vinyl and phonograph), and thousands of separate maps, prints, broadsides, postcards, greeting cards, trade cards, ballad sheets, playbills, and posters.